Thursday, January 05, 2006

New Territory

Yesterday we saw The Valley for the first time. Basically, we will be helping to coordinate the work in the area seen behind us. As far as you can see to the left and and as far as you can see to the right (approximately 40 miles) seems overwhelming. However, we only have east and west between the mountains! This area includes several older towns and then a lot of new construction as well.

The climate is warmer and drier than in Quito due to the lower elevation. Yet, nestled between the green-covered mountains, it is a beautiful place. As you can see, "the boundary lines have fallen for us in pleasant places." Please pray for us a we look for permanent housing and ways to develop relationships in this area.

Please pray for the people of Ecuador as well. Ecuador is approximately the size of Colorado, but has areas of jungle, mountain, coast, islands and volcanoes (but don't tell our mothers!). The people are very diverse as well, including descendants of pre-Colombian mountain tribes, Spanish colonialists, former slaves and people who live in the jungle even today. There are also distinct extremes in this country. For example, there are malls that would shock even the well-shopped person from the United States. But just outside there are small, dirty, cold children selling gum in the streets. Pray that the upper class people will see a need for spiritual things in addition to the materialistic things and that the poorer people will see that they are valuable to God.


Blogger Shari said...

Ben and Christine,
Your new home looks beautiful. God has put you in a lovely place. You are in my prayers as you begin your ministry there. May God bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you, and be gracious
unto you. May He lift up His countenance upon you, And give you His peace.
Your Friend,
Shari Poston

10:53 AM  
Blogger Matt and Rebecca said...

Ben and Christine,
We are glad you made it safely to Ecuador. You are in our prayers. We know that you will spread the joy of God to all of those you meet. We love you!
Matt and Rebecca

11:18 PM  
Blogger Deron & Mary Beth said...

We're so glad you made it safely (and that you started updating your blog more regularly...). It's great to hear how you guys are doing!

12:55 PM  
Blogger Chris Bosson said...

Hey guys,
Thanks for making your ministry available to us all so that we can better pray for you both. Ben, I got
your e-mail and newsletter. Thanks.
Also, if possible, I'd love to have
a prayer card. I can see that the hair has already begun its missionary course. christine, you better stop it while its in its beginning stages.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Jon & Ginger said...

Hey yall!!
We love you so much and are praying for you about the housing situation. Your pictures are great, keep em comming, and it looks so beautiful there.
OK, now to the issue at hand! Ben, I see links for "football" and Chris Rice, but where is your Rangers link?

Jon Schultz

12:03 PM  

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